Pusty Hrad (Deserted Castle), Zvolen

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Pustý hrad is a castle whose ruins are located on a forested hill in the southern part of Zvolen in central Slovakia. With an area of 76,000 m² it is arguably one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. The original name was Zvolen Castle or Old Zvolen; Pustý hrad (meaning "deserted castle") is a much later name used to distinguish the ruin from the present-day Zvolen Castle. Pustý hrad consists of two parts, the Upper Castle and the Lower Castle.The strategic hill site upon the river Hron attracted settlers as early as the late Stone Age (Baden culture). A stone-earth wall discovered in 2009 under the western line of medieval fortification included shreds of pottery from the late Stone Age inside its filling. Research carried out at the Upper Castle in 1992 - 2008 by Václav Hanuliak also identified stone walls built during the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. Excavations have unearthed many precious prehistoric artifacts, including several big bronze treasures of the Lusatian culture, fragments from the Kyjatice culture, and even pottery imported from the Roman Empire. The subsequent Slavic medieval castle was founded in the 9th century.
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  • A very great deal longer. Since the slope is moderate, the pace of a nice inexpensive you and reward will be the Cente. The top is even a fireplace. We have been here viackrat, skoda, at weekends and on public holidays the ci is not well. Just what to bring).
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  • Definitely worth a visit to get it going. A very stiff climb in advance is rewarded with very nice views. The castle is just ruins but the place and large ... makes it more than worth it. Do not doubt. Just do it.
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  • A very nice and with a slight stupanim, hospitable people, and male children. Too bad that the top is not no, but really any refreshments. Otherwise very very comfortable apartments for a fee)
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  • Nice tour rewarded with very nicely reconstructed history place with wonderful 360 view over the city Zvolen and surrounding hills and nature.
  • Nice views, easy walking trip also suitable for children.
  • Nice view from the top. Great place for a trip with children.
  • Lovely place, great panoramatic view, quick access from the road, several fireplaces, informative boards.
  • Beautiful place with nice view of Zvolen. It's still a bit of a hike to get there, so might be a little challenging with young kids, but still very well worth it.
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